Dr. Amini Amir Abdullah
28th August 2009
The month of Ramadan in which was revealed also the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance is the most honored month. Allah desires for mankind easiness; He desires not hardship for them.
The significance of Ramadan lies on its training, practice and morals. We experienced spiritual training such as controlling our desire, enhancing our feeling of togetherness and fairness, training on leaving destructive manners and others. The most significance was the training to know ourselves truly either we are among those who are really renowned by Allah or vice versa.
Fasting is a means of restraining and controlling the nafs (inner soul), so that contentment (ridha), and all the other blessings of this great discipline may be experienced. We should know ourselves and not to be cheated by our desire and lust. We spent too much on foods and drinks before fast breaking but we can only fill our stomach only with half of them and thus we committed overspending and this is not encouraged by Islam.
Allah emphasizes that fasting can develop piety of Allah and control over our bad desire. Bad desire can divert our faith from the path of Allah. Bad desire also can make a good person becoming bad person and commit many vices and thus damaging the whole life. Ramadan gives the Muslims a very vital experience on handling and controlling our bad desire especially the greediness of eating and drinking.
Our life needs Allah’s guidance. Without His guidance, our life will not turn into peace and safe. A Muslim who gains Allah’s guidance will able to develop his faith and piety. With iman and taqwa, human being can discipline himself in obeying Allah’s will power and relationship with other creatures. We should preserve our faith because our faith will determine our future in the Hereafter. May Ramadan educates us to become a discipline, obedience and pious person.
Let us increase our piety by obeying all Allah’s commands and avoiding all His prohibitions. With taqwa (piety), one can achieve unity and harmony. As we know, in the month of Ramadan, all Muslims will perform fasting because it is an obligation. It is a must to all Muslims to perform fastings. The performance of fasting shows unity in one sense among the Muslims. Bond of faith can be seen in the deeds of fasting. We unite together to perform the obligation of fasting. We should feel the feelings of togetherness while performing fasting. We share the same hardship with those who experienced unfortunate life all over the world. Islam encourages the development of positive values among the Muslims. By fasting, the Muslim can gain many positive values such as equality and unity.